The strange case of Canada’s Ebola vaccine became even stranger Monday.

That’s when the pharmaceutical multinational Merck announced it will pay $50 million for commercial rights to manufacture and develop the vaccine, invented at the federal government’s National Microbiological Laboratory in Winnipeg.

That a drug giant would shell out $50 million is not in itself peculiar. At a time when the rich world is close to panicking over Ebola, there are only two experimental vaccines aimed at the virus. Canada’s VSV-EBOV is one of them.

Europe and America have belatedly come to realize that Ebola is not just an African disease.

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